Monthly Archives: June 2008

Oahu’s Largest Heiau (Hawaiian Temple) Puu O Mahuka

Puu o Mahuka Heiau on Oahu's North Shore. Photo credit to Joel Bradshaw.

Oahu’s largest heiau,a Hawaiian religious temple, is Puu O Mahuka. You’ll find this temple perched on a hill overlooking Waimea Bay on the North Shore. It’s definitely worth a 20 minute or so diversion from Highway 83 to visit it. Educational plaques are stationed by the heiau. This diversion is also worthy because of views. It is estimated that this ... Read More »

"Beware of Falling Coconuts"

When I first saw this sign several years ago on the Big Island,  I thought it was intended to be quirky and funny.  I didn’t take much notice of the actual warning.  Then one day on Oahu, I saw a car parked below a palm tree with an odd dent on the hood. I also noticed a coconut on the ... Read More »

Where do I live on Hawaii?

I have to smile every time I’m asked which island I call home in Hawaii. The funny thing is I don’t live in Hawaii and I never have. I’m just a frequent visitor who fell in love with Hawaii on my first vacation to Maui just over five years ago. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have vacationed on all ... Read More »

Secret [Former] Tip for Cheap Airfare to Hawaii

July 8, 2008 Update: Points of Light has suspended operation of their ebay store for travel. For more information see this Q&A. —————- A Go Visit Hawaii reader, Lindsay, recently wrote me to tell me about how she had purchased two roundtrip tickets for $780 on American Airlines. That’s a steal at $390 per person from the Midwest! Now, you’ll ... Read More »

Pahoehoe and A’a Lava

There are two distinct types of hardened lava you’ll likely see in Hawaii – pahoehoe and a’a.  These are Hawaiian names that have been adopted universally for describing the two main types of lava. Pahoehoe (pronounced like “pah hoy hoy”) is a smooth lava produced when lava flows slowly and gently.  A’a (pronounced like “ah ah”) is a very rough ... Read More »

Hawaii Travel Deals – More and More Enticing

Excellent Hawaii travel deals are popping out all over the place. Some deals that were advertised a month or so ago, have become even better. For example, the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel deal listed below is better than this one I posted just over two months ago. With deals like these, it’s a great time to go to Hawaii! ResortQuest ... Read More »

Mmm! Mmm! Mama’s Fish House

We always make plans to go to Mama’s Fish House when we’re on Maui.  The Hawaiian regional cuisine is excellent and the beach front open air-atmosphere is a pure delight. Mama’s Fish House serves fresh fish caught in Hawaii’s clean waters.  Most of the fish is caught around Maui.  How do I know this?  Their menu usually states who caught ... Read More »

July 4th Fireworks and Celebrations in Hawaii

2013 UPDATES: July 4th Fireworks Oahu 2013 ——————————————————————————————————————————————— The islands of Hawaii have some fantastic fourth of July events planned for 2008. Here’s some of what’s going on: On Oahu July 3rd – Pre-Independence Day Celebration: Aloha Tower Marketplace will be the host of a pre-independence day celebration filled with a fabulous fireworks display over Honolulu Harbor at 9pm. The ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for June 18th

Kiplinger has listed the 30 best travel sites for finding travel bargains and good values. Are you planning a vacation to Maui’s Kaanapali area? Then you’ll enjoy Kris’ Kaanapali Dreamin’ site and blog. The Chicago Tribune has a nice article on Oahu’s wilder side with some tips for planning adventure into your vacation. Where will you find the best summer ... Read More »

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